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HOTREC Position on the European Commission Communication on the mid-term review of the Digital Single Market Strategy

10 October 2017
HOTREC welcomes the European Commission Communication on the Mid-Term Review on the implementation of the Digital Single Market Strategy, and in particular the Commission’s intention to promote online platforms as responsible players of a fair internet ecosystem... Read More

HOTREC Position on Work-Life Balance

10 July 2017
HOTREC takes note of the Commission proposal for a Directive on "Work-Life balance for parents and carers repealing Council Directive 2010/18/EU”. Overall, HOTREC considers that work-life balance and gender inequality in the labour market remain topics that deserve in-depth attention and need to be addressed. Nevertheless, ... Read More

NET Position on ETIAS

13 June 2017
NET, the Network for the European Private Sector in Tourism, supports ambitious, cooperative and business-friendly tourism policies, allowing tourism to prosper and to serve travellers with safe, sustainable, affordable and high quality services for all... Read More

HOTREC Position on Revision Posting Workers Directive

10 April 2017
HOTREC welcomes the Commission proposal for a revision of the Posting of Workers Directive (COM (2016)128final), amending Directive 96/71/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 1996 concerning the posting of workers in the framework of the provision of services  ... Read More

HOTREC Position on the Food Waste Reduction and the Circular Economy Package

 7 April 2016 
As an important part of the food chain, delivering millions of meals to EU citizens, the European hospitality industry welcomes the reduction of food waste. However, it is important to bear in mind that the European restaurant industry only contributes to a small amount of the total food waste ... Read More

EFFAT-HOTREC Joint Statement on the "Sharing Economy"

4 December 2015
EFFAT and HOTREC, the social partners in the European hotel and restaurant sector, are concerned about the emergence and rapid spread of the "sharing economy” in hospitality and tourism, which is often developing in an uncontrolled and unregulated way. For this reason, the social partners have decided to strengthen their cooperation and ... Read More

HOTREC/UEAPME joint position paper - Data Protection Regulation - trilogue negotiations

19 June 2015
HOTREC and UEAPME paid close attention to the approval of the Council general approach on the General Data Protection Regulation, at the Justice and Home Affairs Council of 15th June 2015. HOTREC and UEAPME have also followed very closely the approval by... Read More

HOTREC Considerations on Touring Visa

25 March 2015
HOTREC fully welcomes the Touring Visa (COM (2014) 163 final), in order to allow legitimate travellers (tourists, business people, pensioners) to stay for more than three months in Schengen, provided that the applicant does not intend to stay for more than three months in any 6 month period in the same Member State... Read More

Industry Coalition Position Paper - Package Travel Directive

26 February 2015
According to European Commission figures, the travel and tourism sector represents over 10% of EU GDP and about 9.7 million direct jobs. EU legislation should seek to create the right regulatory environment to support the business conditions that ... Read More

HOTREC Position Paper on Coastal Maritime Strategy 

20 February 2015
HOTREC welcomes the proposal issued by the European Commission on "A European Strategy for more Growth and Jobs in Coastal and Maritime Tourism” (COM (2014) 86 final). Any stimulator of growth and jobs which helps to enhance the performance ... Read More

HOTREC Position vis-à-vis the emerging shadow hospitality economy in Europe 

28 October 2014
HOTREC, the business association representing the European hospitality industry, has been monitoring with concern the rapid emergence of the shadow hospitality economy, which is often developing in an unregulated way. In Europe, this market, as listed on the most influential distribution websites, already accounts for far more than... Read More

HOTREC's concerns and position on Visa Package

29 July 2014
HOTREC fully welcomes the Visa Package (Visa Code recast + Touring Visa) proposed by the Commission in 2014. The new visa rules fully comply with all the security aspects requested by the Schengen legislation, whereas ... Read More

HOTREC's Position Paper on the implementation of the Food Information to Consumer Regulation

12 November 2013
Following the adoption of the EU Regulation N°1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers, a new EU legal regime will apply from 13 December 2014 to the food served in restaurants... Read More

HOTREC Position Paper on Commission Proposal for a Data Protection Regulation

16 May 2013
HOTREC welcomes the proposal issued by the Commission on "The protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and free movement of such data (General Data Protection Regulation), COM (2012) 9 final, replacing ... Read More      

HOTREC Position Paper on the emergence of different tourism taxes, especially bed taxes across Europe

3 May 2012
Bed taxes and similar taxes are more and more being introduced in the different EU Member States (mostly at local level), which are adding additional burden on the European hospitality / tourism industry... Read More

HOTREC Position Paper on the Benchmarks of Fair Practices in Online-Distribution

27 April 2012
Online distribution is getting more and more important for the hospitality industry in Europe – and dependant on a few major players. On average more than three* out of ten hotel rooms are nowadays bought online and this market share is still growing rapidly.... Read More

HOTREC Position Paper on sustainability

28 October 2011
HOTREC, the umbrella association representing the hospitality businesses in Europe, is fully committed to the sustainable economic development objectives set out by the European Union... Read More

NET Position Paper on the Consumer Rights Directive 

25 March 2010
NET (the Network of European private entrepreneurs in the Tourism sector) is a platform of 7 trade associations whose common objective is to promote the interest of private tourism entrepreneurs in Europe... Read More